Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
politics, prophets, prophecy, nationalism, Christian nationalism, civil rights, social justice, social media, pentecostal
Christianity | Ethics in Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
Blackwell, Tommy Dawain, "Prophecy and Politics: Understanding the Impact of Media Prophets in Local Pentecostal Churches" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3913.
Social injustice issues incite both positive and negative responses within local Pentecostal congregants creating topical “cones of silence” pastors and church leaders must cautiously navigate. The focus of this treatise is the proper response of Evangelical Pentecostals toward social justice. The goal is to help Evangelical churches to nullify the emotional edginess and discuss important issues while maintaining a strong unity with diversity. Research, via personal interviews of Pentecostal congregants and first-hand observation by church leaders, will identify negative political theologies as the emotional and political influences driving division within local Pentecostal churches. As a result, church pastors will recognize the need to promote and engage these issues through a New Testament Prophecy class to exchange misguided national allegiances for a global view of God’s Kingdom.